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Health - Psychology - 07.09.2023
International research initiatives led by University of Bern receive funding
Social Sciences - Psychology - 25.08.2023
"Power is not intrinsically good or bad"
Work psychologist Petra Schmid studies the effects of social power. She favours an interdisciplinary approach that includes both lab experiments and surveys.
Psychology - 12.06.2023
Cognitive biases in our senses
Our visual perception depends more strongly on the utility of information than previously thought. This has been demonstrated in a series of experiments conducted by researchers at ETH Zurich and the University of Zurich. Cognitive biases can begin at the retina. (Photograph: Colourbox) Are our senses there to provide us with the most complete representation of the world, or do they serve our survival? For a long time, the former was the dominant view in neuroscience.
Psychology - Life Sciences - 14.03.2023
The power of habit
Life is a constant stream of decisions that pit sober reflection against powerful emotions, conscious deliberation against gut instincts. Using complex models and sophisticated experiments, researchers study how we combine these different decision-making strategies. One mention of insects is enough to draw a sceptical smile from Michael Siegrist.
Psychology - 14.03.2023
By Michael Hagner (Photograph: ETH Zurich / Silvia Schöning) Recently, Nature caused quite a stir with an article that suggested science is becoming less disruptive.
Health - Psychology - 16.01.2023
Checking the Pulse of Society
The newly established Postdoc Team Award allows UZH to recognize outstanding interdisciplinary research.
Life Sciences - Psychology - 21.12.2022
The Costs of Rationality
Paul Glimcher, co-founder of the field of neuroeconomics and professor at New York University, recently held a keynote speech at UZH.
Psychology - Health - 24.11.2022
In 2020, four out of ten students felt depressed more often than at normal times
Financial situation and mental health of students during Covid 19 pandemic in 2020 In 2020, four out of ten students were more likely to feel depressed than at normal times 11/24/2022 - In 2020, the Covid 19 pandemic and related measures have impacted the mental health of many college students.
Health - Psychology - 21.11.2022
The health and economic consequences of mental health treatment with benzodiazepines
A new research project led by Professor Fabrizio Mazzonna of the Institute of Economics (IdEP) of USI Faculty of Economics has received positive feedback from the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) .
Psychology - Innovation - 28.09.2022
Flexible leadership for the Swiss Armed Forces
Cognitive flexibility improves leadership, according to numerous studies conducted by researchers. The Swiss Armed Forces are planning to employ this knowledge in the training of officers to better prepare them for future crises.
Psychology - 15.02.2022
Why People Use Smartphones in Social Situations
Using a smartphone and ignoring other people in a moment of social interaction is known as phubbing (a blend of phone and snubbing). This habit can endanger relationships and threaten psychological well-being. Researchers at the University of Basel have now examined the factors that contribute to this behavior.
Health - Psychology - 21.12.2021
Psychological stress and stress factors in vaccinated and unvaccinated people
The latest survey in the University of Basel's Swiss Corona Stress Study shows that psychological stress remains high during the pandemic.
Social Sciences - Psychology - 23.11.2021
Social Media: Users Who Aren’t Tagged Feel Excluded
Individuals can also experience feelings of ostracism in the digital world. Researchers from the Universities of Basel and Koblenz-Landau have studied how strongly people's fundamental psychological needs are affected when they are not tagged on Instagram. Humans are highly sensitive to what are known as ostracism experiences.
Psychology - 28.10.2021
An application to monitor people at risk of psychosis
A team from the UNIGE has developed an application that makes it possible to monitor the frequency and intensity of the symptoms of people at risk for psychosis on a daily basis, in order to be able to adapt their medical follow-up and determine the cause of the appearance of symptoms.
Psychology - Health - 13.09.2021
Science prize Marcel Benoist goes to a pioneer in online psychotherapy
Health - Psychology - 02.09.2021
Self-interest promotes contract tracing using smartphones
Why do people install a coronavirus warning app on their cell phone - or not? Researchers of the Department of Economic Psychology at the Faculty of Psychology of the University of Basel investigated.
Psychology - Pedagogy - 16.07.2021
Emotion and locomotion crucial from an early age
Researchers at the University of Geneva have found that emotion knowledge, cooperative social behaviour and locomotor activity are three key skills for promoting numerical learning in children aged 3 to 6.
Life Sciences - Psychology - 26.05.2021
’Tug of war’ between neurons tells the brain when to fear — and when not to be afraid
Fear protects us by making us alert to danger, but the persistence of fearful memories can lead to serious mental conditions. Now, an international team of researchers co-led by Andreas Lüthi has found that the activity of different cells in the brain's threat-detector hub regulates the switch between high and low fear states.
Campus - Psychology - 05.05.2021
New tool helps define student-teacher relationships
In universities, relationships between students and teachers play a key role in creating a conducive learning experience.
Social Sciences - Psychology - 05.05.2021
A new book explores the effects of our male-biased languages
Opinions on inclusive language are strong but often uninformed. Co-authored by Pascal Gygax of the University of Fribourg, the book Does the brain think in masculine? offers an easily accessible scientific update on the links between language and gender-related social constructions.
Health - Psychology - 30.04.2021
Vaccination - personal values and group dynamics are decisive
How do you get more people to have vaccinations? Gudela Grote firmly believes that it's worth looking at team dynamics.
Health - Psychology - 26.04.2021
Seroprevalance has increased to 21% in the Basel region
In the cantons of Basel-Stadt and Basel-Landschaft, antibodies against SARS-CoV-2 have been detected in approximately 21% of the adult population. Therefore, seroprevalance has markedly increased since autumn of last year. Furthermore, the COVCO-Basel study by the Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute (Swiss TPH) is now publishing preliminary results regarding the effects that the pandemic and the measures implemented to contain it are having on the well-being and lifestyles of the population for the first time.
Health - Psychology - 26.04.2021
La séroprévalence a augmenté à 21% dans la région de Bâle
In the cantons of Basel-Stadt and Basel-Landschaft, antibodies against SARS-CoV-2 have been detected in approximately 21% of the adult population.
Psychology - Life Sciences - 15.04.2021
New Measure to Predict Stress Resilience
Researchers at the University of Zurich show that increased sensitivity in a specific region of the brain contributes to the development of anxiety and depression in response to real-life stress. Their study establishes an objective neurobiological measure for stress resilience in humans. Some people don't seem to be too bothered when it comes to handling stress.
Psychology - Health - 10.03.2021
Reflecting on Your Own Capabilities Boosts Resilience
Reflecting on how you have overcome past personal challenges can help you process negative experiences, a new study from the University of Zurich confirms. Actively reminding yourself of your self-efficacy could also prove useful in the coronavirus era. The unpredictable nature of life during the coronavirus pandemic is particularly challenging for many people.
Psychology - 08.03.2021
The positive influence of intuition on decision-making
Katharina Fellnhofer researches how intuitive decision-making influences personal success. She is convinced that people who follow their intuition tend to be more successful in their decision-making.
Psychology - Health - 20.01.2021
We need a Grey New Deal
Mental illnesses do not receive the attention they deserve and they are treated as taboo, writes Gerhard Schratt.
Social Sciences - Psychology - 17.12.2020
Female Language Style Promotes Visibility and Influence Online
A female-typical language style promotes the popularity of talks in the digital context and turns out to be an underappreciated but highly effective tool for social influence. This was shown by UZH psychologists in an international study in which they analyzed 1,100 TED Talks. A large part of social interaction nowadays takes place digitally.
Psychology - Health - 17.12.2020
Significant increase in psychological stress in the second Covid-19 wave
The latest survey by the University of Basel on psychological stress in the second Covid-19 wave has revealed that levels have increased significantly in comparison with the spring of this year. The proportion of people with severe depressive symptoms stood at 9% during lockdown in April, but this figure had risen to 18% in November.
Psychology - Pedagogy - 14.12.2020
Using play to “school” children’s emotions
Pretend play promotes the development of socio-emotional competences in children aged five and six. Being socially and emotionally competent from an early age is likely to help children win acceptance by their peers, build better relationships with teachers, and facilitate academic learning.
Health - Psychology - 10.12.2020
Prioritizing Mental Health during the COVID-19 Pandemic
The coronavirus is not only a risk for our physical health, but also affects our mental health and emotional well-being.
Health - Psychology - 10.12.2020
Switzerland’s population is satisfied with the health system
Health - Psychology - 27.10.2020
Swiss Fatalism Protects Against Negative Feelings in the Pandemic
Trust or disappointment in government crisis management is an important factor for the general mood, shows a study by the University of Zurich based on surveys in Israel and Switzerland.
Health - Psychology - 01.10.2020
Why we follow or don’t follow the Coronavirus rules
There are solid psychological explanations for how consistently we follow the behaviour rules to prevent the spread of Coronavirus, such as the expectations we have towards ourselves and others.
Psychology - 30.07.2020
Laughter acts as a stress buffer - and even smiling helps
Politics - Psychology - 14.04.2020
The power of Why
In this time of health emergency, it is inevitable to live in close contact with our loved ones. In a short video Sara Greco, senior assistant professor at USI Faculty of Communication, Culture and Society, talks about two tools that might help overcome disagreement in our daily life.
Psychology - Life Sciences - 30.03.2020
Social distance in the time of coronavirus
In a short clip, Rosalba Morese, postdoc assistant at the Faculty of Communication, Culture and Society and at the Institute of Public Health of USI Faculty of Biomedical Sciences, talks about our emotional reactions to social distance, an aspect that we need to deal with in our daily lives.
Psychology - 21.02.2020
Delving into self-consciousness at EPFL
What if the key to conveying complex scientific concepts like self-consciousness was to bring art and science together? From 25 February to 1 March, EPFL ArtLab will play host to the Immersive Lab, which offers visitors an interactive, multisensory experience. Are those your hands you see on that panoramic screen? Maybe, maybe not.
Life Sciences - Psychology - 31.01.2020
A chat with the expert: Rosalba Morese
Finissage della mostra 'Koen Vanmechelen. The Worth of Life 1982-2019' Academy of Architecture The Overproduction of truth.
Health - Psychology - 30.07.2019
Preventing the spread of Ebola
Life Sciences - Psychology - 13.03.2019
New Marie Curie and EMBO Fellows at the FMI
Five of our postdocs were recently awarded the prestigious EMBO and Maria Sklodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA) Fellowships.
Event - Psychology - 18.12.2018
University of Vienna awards honorary doctorate to Wyss Center Fellow
Psychology - 28.09.2018
Marianne Schmid Mast appointed as Fellow by the Society for Personality and Social Psychology (SPSP) and Division 8 Fellow the American Psychological Association (APA)
Economics - Psychology - 31.08.2018
New appointment at HEC Lausanne: Professor Francine Petersen
Psychology - 21.08.2018
Exploring forgiveness and grace as possible psychological strengths: A multi-method research project
Psychology - 31.05.2018
Psychology: phasing out nuclear energy could affect safety
The way in which the phase-out of nuclear power plants in Germany is currently planned could negatively influence the safety of the facilities.
Psychology - Pharmacology - 27.11.2017
Self-Help Book Works to Combat Burnout and Stress - Without a Therapist
Around a third of all employees find their work stressful. Interventions for stress and burnout are available, but often not accessible for many employees. A self-help book based on Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) has the potential to reduce burnout, stress and symptoms of depression - without any therapist contact.
Psychology - 11.05.2017
Better a ‘No’ Than No Answer at All
After experiencing social exclusion, a minimum of attention suffices to reduce individuals' negative emotions. Even rejection or unkind comments are better for well-being than being ignored by other people. This finding has important implications for the treatment of applicants during selection processes, report psychologists from the University of Basel and Purdue University in the Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin.
Health - Psychology - 06.02.2017
Psychotherapy normalizes the brain in social phobia
Anxiety in social situations is not a rare problem: Around one in ten people are affected by social anxiety disorder during their lifetime. Social anxiety disorder is diagnosed if fears and anxiety in social situations significantly impair everyday life and cause intense suffering. Talking in front of a larger group can be one typical feared situation.
Life Sciences - Psychology - 21.10.2016
How context influences memories and behavior
Scientists in the group of Andreas Lüthi have identified two neuronal circuits that mediate the association of contextual information with emotional memories. In their publication in Cell, they describe networks of neurons that are active in the hippocampus and the amygdala, when we associate for example an unpleasant situation with a certain place.